Two face drug charges after traffic stop
by Sheldon Compton
WATERGAP Two Martin County residents were arrested following a traffic stop at Watergap and are now facing various drug-related charges.
Police say James G. McCoy, 27, of Inez, was driving along Watergap Road when they pulled him over on suspicion of driving under the influence. McCoy was charged after the stop with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and a single charge of having a controlled substance not in its original container.
However, McCoys passenger, Loretta A. Smith, 46, of Debord, is now facing charges of first- and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Arresting officer Dennis Hutchinson said once he had McCoys 2001 Jeep Cherokee pulled over and made contact with Smith, she said she had been to Tennessee to get some pills.
Hutchinson said he then read Smith her rights and asked if the two could have a look at the pills, to which he said Smith replied, Go ahead.
During the search, police reported numerous pill bottles found inside the vehicle that were missing several pills.
One of the pill bottles was a blue bottle marked oxycodone, the police report said, adding that the prescription was for 58 pills and had been filled just a day before. When I counted the pills at the stop, only 35 pills were in the bottle.
Two other bottles of pills, one marked Oxycontin and another for clonazepam, were also allegedly found during a search of the vehicle and had also been filled the day before for the same amount. Hutchinson said that the two bottles contained 48 and 37 pills, respectively.
When further questioned about the number of pills missing from the several prescriptions, Smith said she had given McCoy some of the pills because she had borrowed some from him a few days ago.
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